Published Jan 21, 2014Toronto songwriter Gregg Lawless sometimes records in French under the name Gregg LeRock, but his latest release finds him singing in English. Called Footnote, the album just arrived this month and will be formally ushered into the world via a Toronto release show.
Lawless self-produced the album, which was recorded by Mitch Girio and Ryan Granville-Martin in Toronto. It was mixed and mastered by Scott Lake. According to a press release, "The title song explores the feelings of rejection you're left with when a relationship ends — that you're just a footnote in the larger chapter of life."
The album was recorded with a full band, and the arrangements include accordion, dobro, mandolin, organ, Hammond B3 organ, and a host of old, previously damaged guitars. A press release notes that the songs span "everything from acoustic roots to blues-rock, power pop to country, ragtime to reggae."
All but one of the 10 songs is a Lawless original; the collection ends with a rendition of Elvis' "All Shook Up," which apparently "[sounds] more like Joe Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way' than anything swaggering out of Memphis."
The tracklist is below; scroll past that to stream a two-minute album sampler. Lawless will celebrate the release with a Toronto gig at Hugh's Room in Toronto on January 25. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
2. You Ain't Callin'
3. Chalk on a Blackboard
4. Piece of Me
5. Bring Me the Lemon
7. She Gives Me Everything
9. Why Did You Go to Ohio?
10. All Shook Up